Urban transformations and public health in the emergent city

Edited by Michael Keith and Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos

Urban transformations and public health in the emergent city


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5652-5
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: September 2020
  • BIC Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development, MEDICAL / Public Health, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban, Brazil, Earth sciences, geography, environment, planning / Urban & municipal planning, Personal & Public Health, Human Geography
  • Series: Global Urban Transformations


Urban transformations and public health in the emergent city examines how urban health and wellbeing are shaped by migration, mobility, racism, sanitation and gender. Adopting a global focus that spans Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, the essays in this volume bring together a wide selection of voices that explore the interface between social, medical and natural sciences. This interdisciplinary approach, moving beyond traditional approaches to urban research, offers a unique perspective on today's cities and the challenges they face.

Edited by Michael Keith and Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos, this volume also features contributions from leading thinkers on cities in Brazil, China, South Africa and the United Kingdom. This geographic diversity is matched by the breadth of their different fields, from mental health and gendered violence to sanitation and food systems. Together, they present a complex yet connected vision of a 'new biopolitics' in today's metropolis, one that requires an innovative approach to urban scholarship regardless of geography or discipline.

This volume, featuring chapters from a number of renowned authors including former Deputy Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Luiz Eduardo Soares, is an important resource for anyone seeking to better understand the dynamics of urban change. With its focus on the everyday realities of urban living, from health services to public transportation, it contains valuable lessons for academics, policy makers and practitioners alike.


1 Introduction: Urban transformation and public health in future cities - Michael Keith and Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos
2 Mental health, stress and the contemporary metropolis - Nikolas Rose
3 Feminised urban futures, healthy cities and violence against women and girls (VAWG): Transnational reflections from Brazilians in London and Maré, Rio de Janeiro - Cathy McIlwaine, Miriam Krenzinger, Yara Evans and Eliana Sousa Silva
4 Understanding the relationships between wellbeing and mobility in the unequal city: The case of community initiatives promoting cycling and walking in São Paulo and London - Tim Schwanen and Denver V. Nixon
5 Urban (sanitation) transformation in China: A Toilet Revolution and its socio-eco-technical entanglements - Deljana Iossifova
6 The food environment and health in African cities: Analysing the linkages and exploring possibilities for improving health and wellbeing - Warren Smit
7 Urban mental health and the moral economies of suffering in a 'broken city': Reinventing depression among Rio de Janeiro urban dwellers - Leandro David Wenceslau and Francisco Ortega
8 Violence as a language of construction and deconstruction in Rio de Janeiro and Brazil - Luiz Eduardo Soares
9 Conclusion: City DNA, public health and a new urban imaginary - Michael Keith and Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos


Michael Keith is Professor at COMPAS, University of Oxford

Andreza A. De Souza Santos is a Lecturer at the Latin American Centre, University of Oxford

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